The Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Bronx Grotto. Many rosaries and prayer requests are tucked in among the rocks.
The NYC tap water that flows from the rocks. Many people come by to collect some.
One of many testimonials that attribute help or healing to Our Lady's intercession.
The procession makes it way down Bronxwood Ave. at the start of the Mass honoring Our Lady of Lourdes.
The priest and deacons, along with the altar servers, pause before the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The altar is located in the Grotto, which is just large enough to contain the celebrants and altar servers.
Fr. Pergjini elevates the host at the consecration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Communion is distributed for the faithful while the altar servers hold both a paten and an umbrella.
The courtyard is filled with the many attendees and their umbrellas.
A deep spirit of peace and reverence fills the air, in spite of the sounds of the city going on all around.
A statue of St. Bernadette Soubirous as she may have been at the Grotto in France where the Blessed Mother appeared to her.